Tue. Sep 22nd, 2020

Arsenal’s teenage striker Balogun wanted by Sheffield United amid £15m valuation reports

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The 19-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and looks likely to be on his way before the close of the transfer window

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has confirmed the club are interested in signing Arsenal forward Folarin Balogun.

Goal has previously reported that Arsenal have told Balogun that can leave the club during the transfer window and the Blades are keen on a deal.

Reports have claimed that the South Yorkshire club have had a £3 million ($4m) approach rejected, amid speculation Arsenal want a deal worth in the region of £15 million ($19m) for the 19-year-old.

Wilder, who has also been linked with a move for Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, confirmed talks are ongoing to bring Balogun to Bramall Lane.

“We made an enquiry regarding the young man at Arsenal,” Wilder said at a press conference. “That’s been left with the CEO at our club and their football club. We want attributes that suit us and move us forward.”

Balogun has yet to feature for Arsenal’s senior team but did score on his sole appearance in the EFL Trophy last season against Ipswich Town.

He is one of the most highly-rated youngsters at the club and led the way for the Under-23s last season, scoring 10 goals in 15 appearances, but he now looks certain to leave in the transfer window after talks over a new contract broke down, with his current deal due to expire next summer.

Arsenal have been focusing on securing the best possible price for the academy product, with any deal certain to include a hefty sell-on clause.

The Gunners rejected a £5m ($6m) offer for Balogun from Brentford in January and had hoped at that point that they would be able to reach an agreement with the teenager for extending his stay.

Sources told Goal earlier in the summer that Arsenal wanted the England youth international to sign a performance-based deal, one that the club believed could have been very lucrative for the player should he go on to hit the targets set out in the contract.

However, Balogun’s representatives would not accept the terms offered and Arsenal decided that a line had to be drawn in the negotiations and brought them to a halt.

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